In this 5th Grade lesson, you learn about the Sacrament of Confession. You will study sin, especially the difference between mortal and venial.
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Moses with the Tables of the Law by Guido Reni, 1624
God gives you graces through the seven Sacraments. You receive spiritual nourishment that helps you reach Heaven. However, sin hinders your entrance into Heaven because it impedes God’s grace. Some sins harm this grace in your soul, and others completely remove it.
What is sin?
The Catechism says that sin is something that offends reason, truth, and good conscience. You sin when you fail to love God or your neighbor. Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind…. You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39). Sin goes against this statement of our Lord. St. Augustine says sin is "an utterance, a deed, or a desire contrary to the eternal law." When you commit a sin, you love yourself more than God or your neighbor.
Many people deny the existence of sin. They pretend that sin isn’t real. They refuse to say something could be right or wrong. They pretend not to be afraid of going to Hell. This is a terrible idea because God declared certain actions good or evil. Sin is something that goes against God’s will. Sin either separates you from God or harms your relationship with Him. God gave you the Ten Commandments to outline what is right and wrong.
The Ten Commandments:
1. Do Not Have False Gods
2. Do Not Take God's Name in Vain
3. Keep Holy the Lord's Day
4. Honor Your Father and Mother
5. Do Not Kill
6. Do Not Commit Adultery
7. Do Not Steal
8. Do Not Lie
9. Do Not Covet Your Neighbor’s Wife
10. Do Not Covet Your Neighbor’s Goods
The first three Commandments teach you to love God. The last seven Commandments teach you to love others. Sin either separates you from God, or it lessens grace in your life. Sin offends God because it is contrary to His will. He loves you and wants you to grow in His grace.
Original Sin is the first sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. You were born with Original Sin on your soul. It must be taken away through the Sacrament of Baptism. Actual sins are the personal sins you commit after Baptism. Actual sin is divided into mortal and venial sin. This includes everything you do against God, by thoughts, words, actions, or omissions (things you did not do that you should have done).
MORTAL SIN is a great offense against God. It separates you from God and removes grace from your soul. It is very serious because you can go to Hell if you do not t... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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